By James K. Attaglo Wilson
British heavyweight champion Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua has responded to Deontay Wilder’s social media claims, saying that he will fight the WBC title holder on his [AJ] terms.
The 32-year-old American [Deontay Wilder] declared war on Saturday night against Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBO, IBF, and the WBA [Super] belts. The Bomber – Deontay Wilder went further to accuse Eddie Hearn of delaying negotiations over a possible bout.
“I think Eddie is ducking me more so than Joshua. If Joshua is a strong champion, a true champion, you guys in England should smoke him out, make him fight,” Wilder told the BBC.
“You should see if he is the best. My heart says I’m the best, if I’m not I want someone to show me,” he adds.
Deontay Wilder, who knocked out Bermane Stiverne in round 1 over the weekend says he’s ready to fight Anthony Joshua in England if he so wish.
“Packing out stadiums looks good, but the money and Mecca of boxing is in America,” he noted.
“But if you want to stay at home like a little girl, this king has no problem travelling to knock out the champion,” Deontay Wilder added.
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua  has insisted that he is not avoiding any boxer, but noted that contracts don’t happen over social media.
“There is one thing talking and acting, but negotiations don’t happen over social media,” AJ told the BBC.
“I am serious about becoming undisputed heavyweight champion and we’re making sure these guys who are making noise will back up what they are saying.”
“It’s no problem if Wilder wants to fight early next year, but no offers have been made to me.
“Let’s present him with an offer and see how they feel about that. If Wilder is not making an offer, we’ll do it on my terms,” AJ said.
Anthony Joshua, who recently stopped Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium said he’s ready to travel to America to open negotiations.
“Deontay has called me out, which I did not expect as I have not seen any contract offer in place.
“I have had to take it on, in my time off, to make plans to travel to America and discuss negotiations so I can become undisputed heavyweight champions of the world.
“I have been taking challenges throughout my career even as an amateur I was doing that, and I fought for a world title in my 16th professional fight.
“I have never been in the business of ducking anyway, I am not afraid of anyone,” Anthony Joshua warned.
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